State Fire Marshal's Office
State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy
Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
Fire Mobilization Authorized for the 230 Switch Yard Fire
State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the 230 Switch Yard Fire located in Douglas County, one mile north of Grand Coulee. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on September 11, 2016, at 7:15 pm at the request of Chief Dale Rinker, Douglas County Fire District 3 and Chief Brian Fish, Grant County Fire District 14.
The fires started on September 11, 2016, and the cause is currently under investigation. The 230 Switch Yard Fire is estimated at 500+ acres and growing. The fire is threatening the city of Grand Coulee and powerlines. Evacuations orders have been lifted. State Route 155 remains partially closed.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered five wildland task forces, two – 20 person hand crews, and a Type 3 incident management team.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the 230 Switch Yard Fire. State Fire Marshal personnel are at the scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and at the State EOC.
Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident. The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions. More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at: www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens
of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire
sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington States firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.